Over the past few weeks I've been realizing how much where you live affects how you live. I live in Olympia, the capital of liberal Washington State, a city full of ideology. Some of it I buy, some of it I don't. Nonetheless, what you are exposed to shapes and forms who you are and how you live.
Olympia is home to Evergreen College and those who attend it are fondly referred to as "Greeners," while their nickname stems a lot from what they smoke it also comes from their ideologies. Oddly enough "Greener" seems to encapsulate a lot of the character of Olympia as a whole. In fact, Olympia may very well be the poster city for the "green" movement. We've got small local farms dotting our landscapes, a vibrant farmers' market, local micro-coffee roasters, local organic micro-brewers, and the local Olympia Co-op among other things. And did I mention that there is sometimes a trash/recycling/compost monitor at the Farmers' Market? What? You haven't been chided by him for almost throwing your Batdorf & Bronson compostable coffee cup and lid in the garbage instead of the compost bin while your hands were full with a newborn and a two year old? Back to the point though, the Olympia lifestyle in combination with the ever increasing information on how preservatives, pesticides, plastics, etc. are "killing" us have come to shape the daily decisions I make for feeding my family. I am excited to share with you some of the easy things I do to try and keep my family healthy, from the store to the kitchen and around the house.
Something else about Olympia that has shaped me as a homemaker is other stay at home moms! So frugal, so crafty... I hope to someday incapsulate these qualities into my life and my blog too. For now though keeping life going somewhat sanely with my busy husband and two young daughters is enough to keep my plate overflowing. I'm excited to share our journey as well as my random thoughts and ideas with you.